Make no mistake, it's coming. Even if you've long steered clear of that intimidating wall of Glenlivets and Glenfiddiches and Laphroaigs, the day will come when you will require a glass of Scotch. It's an inevitability in every well-rounded human life. It may come after a major victory or a crushing blow; it may arise quietly in the middle of an introspective reverie. Whatever shape it takes, when the moment comes, you will crave a glass of rich, smoky gravitas -- and then, my friend, you will be a Scotch drinker.

To prepare for the day you'll want to settle in with a single malt, start here with our quick breakdown of the world's most serious spirit.